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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

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Original title
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Year
Running time
129 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Sidney Buchman
Music
Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography
Joseph Walker (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Columbia Pictures
Genre
Drama | Politics
Synopsis / Plot
Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state's senior senator--presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Paine. In Washington, however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys' camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss, Jim Taylor. Taylor first tries to corrupt Smith and then later attempts to destroy Smith through a scandal.
Awards
1939: Oscar: Best Story. 11 Nominations
1939: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor (James Stewart)
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